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Childrens Dimetapp Cold Medication
Pediatrician advised to give my 21 month old 24 pound daughter 1 TSP dimetapp cold and cough childrens. Is this okay?
Old medication: This is a product sold by prescription 3 decades ago but available over the counter for the last 2. It underwent a formulation change about 10 yrs ago, reducing its strength. At about the same time most realized these products have little value and advised against use under 6. I find this dose a little heavy, by double (when used for allergies). ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dimetapp is a brand name of a cold medicine that contains brompheniramine and pseudoephedrine. Brompheniramine is an antihistamine that prevents sneezing, itchy watery eyes and nose; and other symptoms of allergies and hay fever. Pseudoephedrine is a decongestant, which reduces the blood flow to certain areas and allows nasal ...Read more
Is dimetapp cold and cough bad for a 6 yr olds who takes it everyday for over two months? My fiances son has really bad allergies and had been on childrens claritin. Recently, someone had switched him to dimetapp cold and cough after he did in fact get a
No, but...: If someone needs medicine like that for long periods of time, it is best to get at the root cause and find out what he is allergic to. Then you can eliminate or reduce the exposure to the problem instead of medicating the child. Get a referral to a good allergist from your pediatrician of family doc or even word of mouth and solve the problem. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can I give my 18 month old children's dimetapp dm elixir cold&cough?? And how much if so?? Also am I able to give with Tylenol (acetaminophen) and/or Motrin?? Thanks
Better not: Not recommended for this age group, if child is coughing a lot uncontrollably, you need to see your child's doctor, wish you both wellness ...Read more
Depends: Normally you wouldn't give any, since the indication on the package is for 6 years and up. Trying warm steam in the bathroom, honey as a natural cough suppressant, and warm liquids may help first. However, if those aren't helping, you can get away with one teaspoon every 6 hours. ...Read more
Cold medicines: Not a drop! dimetapp and any of otc cold and cough medications do not help relieve symptoms, are useless, money-waster and can cause unwanted bad side effects in your 4yo. The best approach? Give him lots of fluids (water), use saline nasal spray/drops or hot steam inhalation in the bathroom, use humidifier if weather is already cold at night, and give honey to suppress cough especially at night. ...Read more
Would not recommend : The american academy of pediatrics has stated that children under 3 should not receive cough/cold medications. Multiple studies have shown that they do not help and there have been several deaths reported as a result of giving these medications. An acceptable alternative for relieving cough is honey--either in tea or as honey-based cough medications. Plenty of fluids are also important, . ...Read more
What is the difference between dimetapp dm and brotapp dm for children age 4? Are there any harmful side effects with brotapp dm in this age group?
No important ones: For at least the last decade we have recommended parents not use these cough/cold medications in kids before school age if then. They were once a prescription med that eventually made it to OTC status. Over time we realized more kids were self medicating and ending up in the ER with toxic overdoses. The research eventually showed they don't do much, other than give parents something to do. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
My 5 months old baby girl is having cold and a bad cough does can I give her dimetapp she is about 6.5kg?
Bad selection: These preparations were once used commonly and even prescribed.They contain antihistamines and decongestants.Unfortunately they thicken secretions making it harder for infants to cough out accumulated mucous, and have not real benefit.Their only plus was giving parents something to do. It is best to remove irritants from baby's environment.(Smoke/fragrance)Saline nose wash helps the most. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Is it safe to give my 2 year old a 1/2 tsp of dimetapp cold and cough it was dosed out for her at one time but the paper fell out of the box ?
What is the correct dosage of children's dimetapp to give my two children, and how often do I give it to them? My child's doctor told me to give them children's dimetapp but it says its not for children under 6. My first child is 3 years old and weighs 25
Current : Current recommendations from the fda (food and drug administration) and manufacturers of children's cough syrup are now stating that over-the-counter cough and cold medicines should not be given to children under 4. However, some doctors still make recommendations for their patients to take these medications. Therefore, you will need to contact the pediatrician's office for the answer to this question. ...Read more
My one year old weighs 22 pounds. Our doctor said to give him dimetapp for his cough. I have the multi symptom cold & flu.
Not recommended: Research has shown that cough and cold medicines offer little benefit to young children and can have serious side effects. Children's Tylenol (acetaminophen) or Motrin (ibuprofen) can help with pain and discomfort, while a vaporizer or time in the bathroom with the hot shower running can loosen congestion and help with cough. Saline nasal spray can help with a runny nose. ...Read more
Can I give Dimetapp Elixir Colour Free Cold&Allergy, which has exp 03 2014 and been stored in the fridge since I bought it in Jan 14, to my 11 yr old?
You should be ok: Generally, it is not advisable to take medications after the expiration date as they may lose chemical properties that make them effective. However, it may work and is unlikely to cause any harm. ...Read more
Yes: there should be no interaction with the 2 meds ...Read more
Can I use dimetapp cold and cough and Bromfed (brompheniramine) together? This would be for my 6 yr old/ 60lbs
Can I take dimetapp cold and allergy with Mucinex (guaifenesin) dm, or will there be adverse effects?
Very cautiously;: There're some possible side effects especially with long-term use. ...Read more
Hello. I was wondering if it’s safe for my 6 year old to take azithromycin, dimetapp night time, and children’s Tylenol together?
Probably safe but...: Dimetapp or other over-the-counter cough-cold medications are not recommended for younger children nowadays. Such meds were used very often in the past. That said, using small amounts under the guidance of one's own pediatrician should be safe to do. Taking the 3 medications in the correct doses, for no longer than the number of days recommended by one's doctor, should be safe. ...Read more
My peditircian recommended .25 tsp of children's dimetapp for my 2.5 year old for sore throat and congestion. Is this safe?
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